Hope you are staying dry and not too hot. It is July already!
I decided to start the month out with a new project. I will be felting a piece – don’t know what to call it – a piece of fabric? - at the store all this week and next. I’ll be using the Artfelt paper and so if you want to see how that goes, drop by to see the process. I guess I will just be working on it between all the other stuff I do all day.
The next news is sad – for us, happy for Lisa – She has decided to find more full time employment and so is not going to be working here on Thursdays. Her last Thursday is this week and she is working Saturday the 12th too. She’s promised she’ll still come hang out some though …..I wish her lots of luck in her new job and I will miss her here. At least for the time being this means I am here on Thursdays and so that I don’t go nuts and can have some time off during the week I will be closed on Wednesdays. I don’t have the hours changed on the door yet, but this will take effect after next week when I get back from my class at the Appalachian Center for Craft –so Wednesday, July 16th I will be closed.
I am going to be interviewing for new Beginning Knitting teachers soon for Fall classes. Call me or come by if you have great knitting and people skills and are interested.
This Saturday is the Christmas Stocking class. Get started now making that stocking you promised two Christmas’ ago….. They are fun and quicker than you think. You can pick any pattern – we have some here and then there’s Ravelry too and I will help you through it. You could learn to fair isle or intarsia or just how to knit a sock. Do get a pattern that calls for worsted or chunky yarn though. Class meets Sat., July 5 and 26 at 10:30.
So here’s the dishcloth….This one is Crochet Again? Yup…Ch 38
Cluster (cl): YO and draw through st, yo draw through 2 loops, rep twice more in same st, yo and draw through all 4 loops.
Shell: dc, ch 1, cl in same st.
Row 1: CL in 5th ch from hook, *sk next 2 ch, shell in next ch, rep from * across, ending last rep with dc in last ch, ch 4 turn
Row 2: cl is first dc, *shell in dc of next shell , rep from * across, ending last rep with dc in 3rd ch of turning ch, ch 4 turn.
Skip has this thing about getting his chest scratched. He'll sit straight up and get in any position necessary to get a rub - as many of you know from be flopped down in front of in the store. It's pretty funny, he'll sit this way for a long time, it can't be all that comfy and he gets sort of glazed over look....
One of the lists on Ravelry for weaving - Weaving in the Saori Way - is doing a weave along. It's just like a Knit A Long, but with weaving. There's a theme - your favorite mystery and a mobius cowl. I have been watching Midsomer Murders lately so I thought I'd do that.....Lots of beautiful green countryside and cottages with pretty gardens and bits of twisted darkness/murder/vice popping up when you don't expect it. You have til August to weave it. There are some pictures and link on the Ravelry list for how to weave the cowl and they are different so let me know if you need help figuring it out BEFORE you get your warp tied onto the front beam. Anybody else in?
If you don't know how to weave and want to learn, there is a class on Saturday....
Some folks will be meeting at Panera Bread this Saturday between 9 and 12 to knit in public....I will be by to give out or give to the organizer some discount coupons for the first 20 folks to show up. Go - Knit in Public - Show the world we exist and are not the little old ladies they think we all are. (Yes, really I still hear that)
Pins are here. Portuguese Knitting Style may be easier and faster for some people. The tension is more even I think, once you get the hang of it. Give it a try. Here's a link to a Youtube video - if it doesn't work - just search for Portuguese Knitting.
It’s June already. The garden is starting to produce and the farmer’s markets are both up and giving us great fresh veggies. I have been knitting like crazy on Anthology – the shawl sweater for the class starting in August. There are 2 spaces left in the class. It meets for six weeks and then we will schedule another for any help needed. The deadline for registering is July 1st in order to give time for your yarn to get here for the class.
But then I have been weaving some and crocheting and felting too…and sewing. The sewing bug has bitten me and I have been making bags and pouches for the store, and there are more things to come. Yesterday I made two bags for me too.
Friday Night Knitting is taking a short break. We will still be open on Friday til 6pm, but no group since that usually runs til 7. August 1st we’ll start up again with a party and contest. Bring your favorite dip or salsa that you make and I’ll provide chips and crackers. We’ll vote for favorite dips and whoever’s dip gets the most votes wins a prize. So now you have all summer to tweek your recipe! Bring in the recipe too to share.
In the meantime, Robin is hosting a Friday Lunch Bunch starting June 27th at noon. Feel free to bring your crochet or knitting and your lunch and join us. Robin is working on a crocheted shawl and offered to help anyone wanting to make it along with her. They started last week but she’ll be here next Friday again. It is so pretty I am doing one too. Love the Noro! The shawl is Changes and the pattern is available on Ravelry.
So now here’s the dishcloth for this week.
1 color of worsted cotton, #8 needles
CO39, Knit 2 rows
Row 1 & 3: k2, Purl to last 2, k2
Row 2: Knit
Row 4: K3, *(Kfb, Kfb, K1) all in the next st.(turn, k5)x3 K2tog, K2tog, K1, pass the first 2 stitches over the last one(these will be over the same five st),, k5, rep from * across.
Row 5: k2, Purl to last 2, k2
Row 6: Knit
Row 7: k2, Purl to last 2, k2
Row 8: k8, *(Kfb, Kfb, K1) all in the next st.(turn, k5)x3 K2tog, K2tog, K1, pass the first 2 stitches over the last one(these will be over the same five st), k5, rep from * to last 3, K3
Repeat these 8 rows for desired length, knit 2 rows, BO.